Survey to bring illegal hoardings under scanner

Published: 10th June 2013 09:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2013 09:50 AM   |  A+A-

To bring illegal advertisement hoardings under the tax net, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is conducting a survey with the data they collected using Geographic Information System (GIS).

BBMP authorities recently completed allotting numbers to each road and brought them under GIS mapping. There are more than 93,000 roads in Bangalore, including arterial and sub-arterial roads. BBMP is utilising this data to check illegal hoardings across the city.

Explaining further, an official said now that BBMP has completed mapping roads, ward officials including engineers and revenue officers will visit those roads.

“They will not just note down the number of hoardings on every road, but will take photographs of those hoardings,” an official said.

“This will be compared with the data on hoardings registered by the BBMP. We can compare the registered hoardings with the hoardings that were found during the survey. The difference will give us a clear picture of illegal hoardings,” the official said. On a pilot basis, BBMP authorities have started conducting a survey at Shantala Nagar ward in Shanthinagar Assembly constituency.

“We will extend the survey to other wards,” the official said.

In the coming days, BBMP will have a system in place to help them easily identify unauthorised  hoardings.

“Soon after the contract period is over, it will be automatically alerted to our central server. There is no need for BBMP officials to physically check the expiry date,” official said.

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